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Clubs and Societies

At Ashoka, when not occupied with academics, students find themselves immersed in pursuing creative hobbies and interests through clubs and societies. These prove to be an ocean of opportunities to contribute to and enrich the campus experience culturally and intellectually.At Ashoka, clubs and societies are autonomous bodies which design their own leadership structure and modes of functioning. A “society” is an umbrella of two or more clubs with diverse pursuits, brought together by a focal interest area. A “club” on the other hand has a very definite field of work it is committed to.

 

Neev, Community Engagement Club
Neev brings students together to work on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable programmes for community engagement through a variety of projects, with an emphasis on the areas of health and education. The club also works on long-term projects with a strong emphasis on impact evaluation. This helps members in understanding, building relationships and connecting with their immediate surroundings.

 

Kirdaar: S.T.A.G.E for Ashoka – The Theatre Society
Kirdaar brings together those who want to express their ideas and emotions, explore themes and engage in dialogue on contemporary issues through the medium of theatre. The society attempts to cover various forms of theatre like street, stage, musical, abstract theatre, etc. At present, stage theatre and street theatre fall under its ambit.

 

Music Society
The Music Society comprises three clubs that focus on different aspects of music and bring in diversity to this art form on campus:
A Cappella: This club practices a tradition of music that entails singing and performing without instruments, solely using sounds created by the singers’ voices and mouths. The club aspires to not only broaden the range of the genres of music engaged with on campus, but also aims at performances representing the university at various venues.
Compduction: The club aspires to delve into and work on professional music production through digital media, DAW software, Signal Processing, Software Synthesisers and Samplers, MIDI, Virtual Instruments, Mixing and Mastering while promoting training in field of music technology. In essence, it seeks to learn and engage in producing a piece of music from scratch. The club aims to provide musicians with the means to record their compositions.
Classical Music Club: The classical music club aims to enrich knowledge around music through the practice of both Hindustani Classical and Western classical. Beginning with peer-to-peer learning, the club aspires to learn, teach and appreciate the traditional and classical forms of music.

 

The Edict, Ashoka’s Student Newspaper
The Edict is an initiative by budding journalists on campus and is a forum for students to express and write about events and issues. It is an online newspaper, with students as the on-campus reporters and editors.

 

Film Society
The Film Society is an interactive community for students with a deep interest in films and filmmaking. Apart from providing insight into film and television, the society also serves as a forum for unhindered development of filmmaking skills, thus creating a rich culture of film enthusiasts at the university. The aim is also to encourage talented filmmakers, who are capable of producing movies of certain philosophical depth.

 

The History and Heritage Society
This society aims to generate curiosity about the history, heritage and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, in an attempt to foster sensitivity towards India’s tangible and intangible heritage, and to inculcate a spirit of historical consciousness. The society aspires to release a Heritage and History Calendar in order to acquaint the larger student body with dates of historical prominence. It also contextualises the heritage of Indian festivals through presentations on the day itself. Furthermore, it aims to conduct skill-based workshops on subjects such as the recording of oral history, crafts like Batik, Origami, Puppetry, Ajrak, Phad, Madhubani and Warli art, archiving and much more.

 

Centre for Sustainability
The Centre aims to create and institutionalise a self-sustaining system of waste reduction and management on the Ashoka University campus by recycling paper, reusing plastic and composting organic matter. It also seeks to promote a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility on campus through various initiatives like documentary screenings, community outreach programmes, guest lectures, etc. It works towards utilising the waste generated on campus through innovative design. A sub-section of the Centre will be dedicated to working with Pradip Krishen and Vijay Dhasmana on environmental landscaping on campus.

 

The Gavel Club
The Ashoka University Gavel Club is a learning-by-doing initiative to develop student leaders who are also great communicators. Similar to the internationally renowned Toastmasters Club, the Gavel Club is particularly suited to students in schools, colleges and universities. In a certain sense, therefore, this club will largely be inward-looking, while also being keenly aware of the world outside.

 

Quizzing
The Quizzing Club aims to harness the various intellectual interests of Ashoka students and develop quizzing skills in the process. It aspires to foster a healthy culture of quizzing on campus.

 

Abhinaya, Dance Club
A vibrant and active Dance Club was initiated with the objective of uniting all dance enthusiasts on campus and creating a pool of trained dancers for the university. It aims to create a conducive environment for all to experiment with different dance forms – Indian or Western Classical, or Fusion.

Dancers will train enthusiasts and in the process learn from each other, thus promoting peer-to-peer community learning.

 

Model United Nations Society
Ashoka’s MUN Society aims to train and prepare students to participate in and organise Model United Nations conferences. It also aspires to hold intra-MUN conferences and mock conferences and bring Ashoka to the larger forum of the Model United Nations.

 

Debate Society
The Debate Society aims to foster a strong culture of debating, argumentation and sophisticated thinking.

It aspires to delve into different genres such as Parliamentary Debating, Contextual Debating and the Model United Nations.

 

Finance, Business and Investment
Finance, Business and Investment is a club that utilises practical, creative and innovative means and activities to understand concepts and theories around finance, economics and business.

 

The Big Bake Theory
The club with the sweet tooth, the Big Bake Theory practices baking as an entrepreneurial venture. It also opens up opportunities for the student community to explore this form of creativity.

 

Dharohar Society
Ashoka University launched its Art and Cultural society with a vision to delve into all Indian art forms, ranging from folk to classical. It aims to cover various such art forms – music, dance, oral traditions and craft.

The Society aspires to create a culturally aware and sensitive campus. A unique concept, it seeks participation from not only students but also staff and faculty, making it a truly inclusive and vibrant body.

 

Meri Dastan, The Storytelling Society
Storytelling, as a practice dates back a long time in human history. In earlier times, storytelling was the most popular and effective way of teaching, communicating information or just sharing experiences. In the present era of technology and a high-paced life, we have somehow lost that practice and hence that personal touch we get when we hear someone’s story.

The mission of this society is to bring back the older practice of storytelling so that we can reconnect with each other in more compassionate and stronger ways.

 

Art Appreciation Association (AAA)
The AAA aims to develop a culture of art on campus and discover different aspects of the fine arts. Through workshops and sessions with experts and faculty, it hopes to motivate the undiscovered and enhance the discovered talent at the university, and to hold exhibitions and auctions to showcase Ashoka’s budding artists.

 

Art Society
The Art Society aims to conduct weekly activities related to various art and craft practices, developing students’ ideas and stimulating artistic talent on campus. A display of the students’ work is organised twice each semester, with an annual exhibition showcasing all the different activity sessions and workshops conducted through the year.

The society also plays a key role in creatively designing posters, invites, banners and notifications for events hosted on campus. Other activities include facilitating lecture demonstrations, organising workshops and guided activity sessions.

 

Photography Society
The Photography Society uses this medium of art to create, explore and innovate. Beginning with providing a platform for teaching and learning photography skills, the society aims at taking it a notch higher by using this creative form to delve into creative thinking.

Moreover, the society also produces powerful promos and posters for various events and programmes at Ashoka University.

 

ABC, Ashoka’s Broadway Club
ABC has successfully introduced a new aspect and added to the vibrancy of campus culture in the tradition of Broadway – in which music, dance and theatre are all combined!

 

Pragya, the Meditation Club
Pragya aims to revive the tradition of meditation and the practice of Vipasana.

 

Exhibit
Exhibit is a calligraphy and exhibitions club. It practices the art of calligraphy using distinct fonts and also creates paintings using the same art form.

 

SLAM Poetry Club
The SLAM poetry club aims at creating a culture of performance poetry in Ashoka University. It uses poetry to delve into a variety of issues and for poets to express opinions.

 

Ashoka Rotaract Club
By creating a Rotaract chapter on campus, the club wishes to contribute to the community and has begun with a few baby steps with the aspiration to grow and learn even further.

 

The Fifth Dimension
Bringing in an interesting concept into the campus culture, the Fifth Dimension intends to introduce graphic design and video editing while bridging art and technology.

Library Services

Ashoka University houses dynamic library services. There is a library portal in place that gives access to the Digital Library, both through the LMS and otherwise.

Authentic registered users of Ashoka University will now be able to search through our Online Catalogue, Institutional Repository, Digital news and millions of free academic e-books, articles, chapters and theses on Liberal Arts and allied subjects in addition to the subscribed journals and databases. And all this will happen on a single platform.

Copyright issues for downloads wherever applicable have also been taken care of with a one time signing-in on terms and conditions.

 

Click here for more – library.ashoka.edu.in

Residence Life

Ashoka University’s Residence Life programme, the first of its kind in India, is dedicated to revitalising the campus residential experience, starting with creating a community in every residence hall. You could spend time chatting with your RA, lounging in the common room, or studying with friends. You will share a room with a classmate in one of our meticulously-maintained residence halls while learning from your fellow students from all around the world. Settle in to a residential programme that helps you make the most of every University moment.
Working in tandem with a team of support staff and Wardens, Resident Assistants bring the campus to your doorstep. Concerned about making the jump to college housing? Ashoka University’s Residence Life staff is here to help. Not sure how to manage your class schedule and extracurricular? Feeling homesick and need a listening ear? RAs are at hand to give advice, lend a supportive hand, and connect you with the vast network of resources available on campus.
Residence Life at Ashoka University welcomes you to a community of diverse and talented scholars residing in a close-knit and dynamic learning environment. We are dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable and vibrant residential experience for you on Campus. We look forward to making our home yours.

Who’s who in Residence Life?
The Residence Life Programme is managed through the efforts of a team that includes the following:

 

Wardens
Each residential building is staffed by at least one warden. The primary role of the warden is to manage the undergraduate check-in-and-out registers, respond to emergencies and disciplinary infractions, manage building infrastructure, coordinate in-hall housekeeping and maintenance staff, and conduct business necessary to the well-being of the student community. As part of student check-in and check-out policy the warden records all departures from and arrivals to campus by undergraduates. Concerns about residence life policies, sources of conflict in the hall, conduct infractions or issues with the building infrastructure should be reported first to the floor Resident Assistant and the Warden on the hall before reaching out to the Residence Life Co-ordinator, Director of Student Life, or Dean of Undergraduate Programmes.

 

Residence Life Coordinator
The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) works in tandem with the Director of Student Life and Dean of Undergraduate Programmes to develop the Residence Life Programme as a whole and coordinate the efforts of Residence Life staff. The RLC also serves as a mentor to students, and is available during select business hours to discuss concerns related to Residence Life. In case of disciplinary infraction, the RLC may serve on the Disciplinary Committee that addresses student misconduct.

Resident Assistants 
Each floor in a residential hall is staffed with one Resident Assistant (RA). RAs work together to create an engaging and educational in-hall experience for students. The RAs are committed to the student community and are trained in mentorship, crisis management, conflict mediation, community building. In short, they act as confidantes, mentors and first points-of-contact to a resident undergraduate.

 

Services
As a purely residential campus, the university houses its students in the fully furnished and air conditioned Men’s and Women’s residence halls. Our students have round-the-clock access to free of cost first aid and medical assistance at the infirmary situated in the common lounge of the Women’s residence along with host of other services such as laundry, documentation centre, tuck shop, book-cum-stationery store, unisex salon and gymnasium.
The common lounge of both the residence halls is equipped with a television, reading areas, board games and a pantry. Apart from this, each floor of the residence halls has a pantry and reading room, allowing students to interact and bond together in the shared community space.
The university dining mess along with six other eating joints on campus provides students with a plethora of healthy local and global choices of cuisine.
A dedicated free of cost and timely shuttle service is available to all students, staff and visitors – to and from the Jahangirpuri Metro Station and Ashoka University Campus. This transport facility safely and comfortably connects our students with Delhi, giving them access to the city’s rich culture and heritage.

 

Student Support
Our counselling centre, the Centre for Individual and Group Experience (CIGE) is an endeavour towards supporting and ensuring a more holistic well-being of students, which includes mind, body and relationships to others. It aspires to help them become people with a rich inner emotional life that can provide resilience and be a source of energy and creativity. With its aim to foster a safe space that encourages an integrated understanding of the world inside (feelings, anxieties, fears, dreams, rationality, irrationality, personal histories) and outside (cultures, social hierarchies, ambitions, academics, leadership, relationships), CIGE acts as an enabler in building an environment that rivets together emotional, social and interpersonal well-being.

Sports and Exercise

Ashoka University is dedicated to providing students with plenty of activity outside the classroom. The past year saw Ashokans represent the University in football, basketball, volleyball, cricket, table tennis, tennis, chess, badminton and Ultimate Frisbee. Many Ashokans have picked up running and have participated in half marathons and other races. At Ashoka, it is not uncommon to see staff members and faculty engage with students on the sports field as well.

With a firm belief that a sound mind resides in a sound body, students have access to the following facilities at present:

  1. Football field with flood lights

  2. Gym

  3. Cricket pitch

  4. Volleyball court with flood lights

  5. Synthetic Basketball Court with lights

  6. Synthetic Tennis Courts with lights

  7. A 200 metre running track

  8. A Long jump pit

  9. 1 + km synthetic running track

  10. Table tennis

A state-of-the-art indoor sports complex was inaugurated in October 2016 The complex houses:

  • A 25 metre swimming pool

  • Multi-purpose courts for Basketball and Badminton

  • Two double Squash courts

  • Facilities for Table Tennis and Billiards

  • Comprehensive gymnasium with latest equipment

  • A 10 metre Shooting range

The student body is divided into 4 houses – Red, Green, Yellow and Blue and Inter-house leagues are organised in Basketball, Volleyball, Chess, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Football, Tennis and Athletics.

Student Services

The Centre for Individual and Group Experience (CIGE) is one-of-a-kind on-campus counselling center at Ashoka University which is dedicated to the care and well-being of mental health of the Ashoka fraternity. It is comprised of trained psychoanalytic psychotherapists and a mental health counsellor who offer a range of services from individual counselling sessions to group workshops. The Centre also works towards building awareness about mental health issues by organising guest sessions, seminars and educational workshops. For more information, please click here. 

 

The liberal arts education offered at Ashoka University inculcates critical thinking skills and recognises that these are inextricably linked to the practice and art of effective academic writing. A flagship facility in India, the Centre for Writing and Communication helps students learn how to think analytically and innovatively and write cogently and lucidly. The CWC works with students through one-on-one tutorials, group sessions, or larger workshops that are designed in consultation with faculty and tailored to specific disciplinary, assignment, and student needs. For more information, please click here.

 

Ashoka University offers an inclusive education framework that welcomes, nurtures and supports students with learning difficulties. As an essential component of the framework, the Office of Learning Support (OLS) has been established at the University to design various activities and coordinate the entire process for students seeking help related to learning disabilities.
Many noteworthy people across the globe — scientists, teachers, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, activists, politicians — have had to overcome learning difficulties in order to excel in their chosen field. With our focus on inclusive education, it is our hope that every Ashoka student can likewise find their own path to excellence. For more information, please click here

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